Here’s a gallery from the Evening at the Oasis Fundraiser which was a show featuring bellydancers, middle eastern style and modern dance presentations. When I get a chance to photograph an event like this I never turn it down. I know, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.
This was performed on a church hall stage so lighting was a combination of the stage’s overhead tungsten floods and color LED backlights supplied by the event producers. In situations with multiple types of stage lighting you almost always want to set your white balance to tungsten and ignore the accent lights. I think slightly warmer is always better than going for perfectly realistic skin tones. The accent lights are going to provide some splash on the performers anyway.
Exposure setting in this case was ISO 5000, 1/320 sec. @ f/2.8. Although the backlights vary somewhat, the overhead floods, which provide the main light, don’t. At times I dropped the shutter speed to 1/250 and even 1/200 if they got too close to the ends of the stage where the light falls off. I would have preferred to shoot at a faster shutter speed but most of the dancers weren’t moving that fast and I didn’t want to bump my ISO any higher.
My camera’s drive was on continuous-high but my AF was on single-point, single AF mode. The dancers don’t move forward or backward very far so they’re generally within your depth of field even at f/2.8 and single AF mode is faster on my camera. My lens was a 50-140mm zoom on a Fuji XT-3.
That’s basically it. Have fun.